Welcome to the California Area Public Library, California's center for knowledge and growth. Climb aboard the Information Station for California, Allenport, Coal Center, Long Branch, Elco, Roscoe, and West Pike Run Township. Explore the five literacies with us: Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health & Financial.


If you don't already know her, or you haven't had time to contgratulate her, please stop by to meet our new library director, Kristen Diethorn. If she's not scheduled when you stop, you can chat with our library clerks, Georgia Willey and Carissa Yuratovich. Miss Diethorn is curious to learn about the books, movies, and magazines you're most interested in borrowing from us.

STORY TIME Join us on April 16 at 10:00 to celebrate Kite Day with our new librarian; every Tuesday at 10:00 is Story Time with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Story Time with Amelia and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and includes a snack and craft. Please call to add your name to our list and we'll give you a call announcing each new session. Reservations are recommended. We plan for 12 children; please make prior arrangements for large groups. The California Recreation Authority sponsors Saturday Story Time. Summer Reading Club (SRC) for elementary students is in the works and follows the state library's fitness theme.

http://smile.amazon.com/--Shop here first when you buy online and amazon will contribute a wee bit of coin to our library. Sometimes there's a $5 bonus incentive. Every penny helps us. (But only a shopaholic could match the value of a standard annual gift to the library.) Just set your browser to www.smile.amazon.com and choose California Area Public Library.

MEMORIAL GIFTS and HONORARIUMS: An enduring tribute made in the form of a book, a technology upgrade or a grounds beautification/comfort improvement, your gift will be marked will be announced to the appropriate honorees. Many people donate $25 or more when presenting a gift for a book.

Opportunities: RENT AN LCD PROJECTOR KIT from us and add a special focus to your next family event, business or club meeting. Our kit includes the projector, a screen and, if you need it, a laptop computer. You provide the photos or PowerPoint show. $20. We suggest you allow time for our staff to walk you through the process of setting up, if you're not familiar with using audio visual equipment.

THIRTY-ONE THANK YOUS! Whether you partied with us in the library or simply shopped online from home, we are grateful to all those who helped to raise $400 in product this past winter. Our new collection of Play K Learning Toys from Lakeshore is snuggly arranged inside all those lovely cubes and duffles we were able to order. Best of all, we were able to organize our office space, too. Let us know when you're ready to party again.

SPRING DONORS: Thank you! Our most recent contributors are Beth Baxter, Nancy Andre and Candice Treser. We feel 3X grateful because these two ladies support our library every year. A more complete list of 2016 donors is located on our Donations page. Rt 40 Aggregates and Feed contributed mulch for our front garden. Steve, a Cal U student, contributed many hours of his time completing fix-up projects for the library; he is amazing and we as if we've found all the Little Cats who help The Cat in the Hat.

INVESTING FOR OUR FUTURES: Many of our donors have been contributing to the Library for decades. Please visit, volunteer, and donate this year. YOU are vital to our mission to provide everyone with access to information in a happy space where we all thrive. Our fundraising goal for 2016 is $30,000. We bet you did not know that we habitually fall ahort by $23,000 below what the state expects us to raise. Please remember this the next time you think to yourself, "They're always asking for money, and yet they never close." We haven't had any support from our school district since 2011, and less than half of the communities in our service area make annual contributions. Everyone is wearing a tight belt, we understand. If everyone gave something (and those who can gave a bit more), we might be able to meet the state's expectations. Thank you.

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECTS: Visit our About Us page to learn about two young gentlemen who chose service projects to help the library. They are hoping you'll choose to help them, too.

Do you need to research HEALTH CARE INFORMATION? Our librarians are learning about some helpful resources so that they can guide you to information that will help you to make informed choices.

Fund Raisers: LITTON'S GIFT CERTIFICATES: Each $10 certificate returns $2 to the library. Keep a few on hand as emergency gifts, or simply help out the library by purchasing a few before you visit Litton's Greenhouse in Richeyville. Other fund raising items at the library are American Tradition woven baskets, tote bags, cloisonne pins, stationary, historic maps of California and the ever-popular bundles of used books.

GOT PAPER SCRAP? Recycle at the library. We sponsor an AbitibiBowater Paper Retriever recycle bin. If the bin is full, please keep your donation until a later time. Californians prove they are dutiful stewards of our environment by filling the bin quickly. Thank you! (Because of depressed paper prices, Abitibi has not paid a dividend for more than a year now. Still, we are happy they help us to create a greener planet.)